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Maddow blasts conservative media for "bullpucky" headLIES, hypocrisy

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Last night Rachel Maddow rightfully blasted the conservative "news" media for creating false headlines, spreading "bullpucky," inventing their own news, and indulging in the worst kind of self-serving hypocrisy and propaganda. Here is the entire segment, well worth a watch. Further down is a much shorter clip in which Maddow skillfully and effectively gets to the heart of the matter.

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Maddow bullet pointed several scandals, including this one:

Hooker scandals are about as rare in politics as hot days in July. We have a lot of them. But just because we have them all the time... it doesn't mean that they're ever anything but awkward. But here, perhaps, is the mother of them all.

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And then she documented the blatant hypocrisy of the right wing commentator who founded the conservative media outlet The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson.

They [the conservative media] decided that Sen. David Vitter's history with hookers just wasn't a big deal. Nothing that we should 'bother' the Senator about. Tucker Carlson [said], "That's barely illegal."

Tuck compared that felony to "double parking." Yes. He said that. Just watch the video above, it's at about 16:20. He tossed that out just before he blurted out that "one out of three women" patronizing New Orleans restaurants was "for sale." And then he claimed he'd defend any Democrat as zealously as he defended Vitter. An equal opportunity defender of hooking up with hookers. What a guy.

Maddow's Moment of Mockitude followed:

Who among us has not paid a hooker for sex while serving in the United States Senate? Can't these people solicit hookers in peace without us bothering them?

But oops! Carlson's own Daily Caller called out Democratic Senator Bob Menendez for... guess what?

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Of course, the Daily Caller pushed the story hard, and before you know it, that paragon of accurate reporting, Fox, ran with it. And ran with it. And ran with it. Right before the 2012 election. Of course, the story turned out to be bogus, but hey, that never stops the liberal right wing media, now does it? Oh, and Menendez won the election.

As it turns out, the only time the GOP defends paying for sex is when their fellow Republicans engage. But the minute a Democrat gets caught with his pants down, fugetaboutit. All bets are off. Peddle that story. Sell it hard. Make it sound legit. Smear the opponent. Condemn the Dem.

Here is how Rachel Maddow ended the segment. It's a concise history of right wing "news" headlies. That's no typo, it isn't meant to read "headlines." It's headlies. Because that's what they sell, and that's what eager and/or willfully ignorant and/or gullible audiences buy.

The most pointed part of the Rachel Rant came at the end. Here's the clip:

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Maddow:

...Bullpucky that has been invented by and for the conservative media who are happy to tell each other for years that this is news and not just stuff they made up. While the real media, and frankly the politicians who have to swim in that sewer, have to worry about this parallel track of paranoid, fake information, that traffics as news on the American political right, but that is disproven everywhere else outside their echo chamber...

It is one thing for us to be domestically inventing this stuff for ourselves. It's another thing for this weird, fake channel in our supposed news media to allegedly, at least, to become a conveyor belt to foreign countries' disinformation about U.S. government officials...

[This] has to do with our own intelligence as a nation and what the consequences are for all of us, of a conservative movement that has now spent a full generation telling people, telling Americans, "Do not trust the actual news," and to instead invent their own conservative version of it. And they did that. And this is where it got us.

And apparently, at least, Cuba, maybe, appears to be delighted with the results.

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Sen. Robert Menendez supports marriage equality, repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

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More like this please. Senator Robert Menendez is announcing that he is against the Defense of Marriage Act, and is for the Respect for Marriage Act. In other words, he's for marriage equality, respects human dignity and rights for all, and rejects discrimination.

Via NJ.com:

For me, this comes down to the principles I learned as the child of immigrants and that I cherish as an American: that we believe in equality for all people under the law.

So today, I am announcing my support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA and ensures that all lawfully married couples — including same-sex couples — receive the benefits of marriage under federal law. [...]

These gay men and gay women defend our streets and our citizens as firefighters and police officers; they are small-business people who create jobs; they are teachers who prepare our children to compete in the future. And they are soldiers, Marines and sailors who have put their lives on the line for our country, fighting to protect our freedoms and to combat terrorists who threaten to attack us again.

For many years, these millions of committed couples have argued that the freedom to marry — their freedom to marry — is a core civil rights issue. I now believe they are right.

Basic human rights shouldn't even be in question in this day and age, in this country. The ability to visit your loved one in the hospital, or make a home together as a married couple, the very basics, none of that should be denied two adults who love and want to commit to each other.

On the other hand, Newton Leroy Gingrich is on his third wife, because, see, his wedding vows were so sacred to him that he had to indulge himself three times with three "'till death do us parts", especially after dillydallying around with his secret lovers. "Family values" like that are widely accepted, but same-sex marriage is disdained.

Thank you Sen. Menendez, for understanding what the words "equal rights" mean. Now maybe you can explain them to all those Republicans in Congress who so ostentatiously claim to cherish monogamy and matrimonial bliss.

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Sen. Robert Menendez compares negotiations with GOP to negotiations with terrorists.

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He has a point:

"Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It's almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists."

-- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), quoted by ABC News, comparing negotiations with Republicans to negotiations with terrorists.

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New Jersey Supreme Court: Tea Party can't recall sitting U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Menendez

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Hey Tea Baggers? You've been overruled:

The New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday ended the Tea Party's effort in the state to recall a sitting U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Menendez.


By a vote of 4-2, the court struck down a provision of the New Jersey constitution enacted in 1993 -- and companion state laws -- that gave voters the power to recall their U.S. senators. "The plain language of the federal constitution suggests that a senator's term is fixed and that any right to prevent a senator from completing his or her term is vested in the Senate, not the states," the court said today.

The only way to end a Senate term early, the court said, is clearly spelled out in the U.S. Constitution...

And we all know how the Tea Tantrumers revere the U.S. Constitution. Well, parts of it.

Sometimes.

When it suits them.

A spokesman for Menendez ... called the ruling "a resounding victory against the Tea Party's Washington-based, right-wing corporate backers, who are waging economic war on the middle class."

Standing O.

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